Trump "Very Strongly" Considering CNBC's Larry Kudlow for Top Post

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The president said that Kudlow has a "good chance" of being picked as director of the National Economic Council.

CNBC senior contributor Larry Kudlow, who has been floated as a top candidate to replace Gary Cohn as President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, got a strong endorsement from the man who will make the hiring decision.

"He's a very, very talented man, a good man, and I think Larry Kudlow has a good chance," Trump told reporters on Tuesday. "I'm also speaking to many others, but I think Larry has a very good chance."

The president said he's "very strongly" considering Kudlow for the job, and suggested that it's a positive that he and Kudlow differ on some issues.

"We don't agree on everything, but in this case I think that's good," said Trump. "I want to have a divergent opinion. We agree on most."

On March 7, a spokesperson for CNBC all but ruled out the possibility of Kudlow decamping to take a job at the White House. "Larry loves CNBC and has no plans to leave," the spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. "He thinks it is the perfect platform for his pro-growth, small-government views.”

What's unclear is whether Kudlow has changed his thinking on whether he would leave the network to accept the position.

On Monday, Kudlow's colleague and former co-host, CNBC's Jim Cramer, reported on air that Kudlow is the "leading contender" to serve as director of the National Economic Council. He also reported that Kudlow is interested in the job and has discussed it with Trump as recently as Sunday.

The president, who values loyalty more than most, pointed out on Tuesday that Kudlow was an early backer of his and is a longtime friend.